Manaiakalani, the hook from heaven, has become known throughout New Zealand for supporting schools in low socio-economic and challenged communities to achieve significant improvements in student outcomes, realising learners' potential and enabling digital citizenship for tauira and their whānau. The following descriptors provide entry points for learning more about Manaiakalani and the people in this partnership.

The Manaiakalani Cluster

The Manaiakalani Cluster of schools is a community of learning in Tāmaki; Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure, in the city of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. 

From its inception in 2006, this group has grappled with how to make school engaging, empowering and successful for our population of largely Māori and Pasifika learners and their families. 

We have had a constant and relentless focus on equity and access to ensure our young people have excellent opportunities to be fully empowered citizens. 

The Manaiakalani Cluster was recognised by the Ministry of Education as a Kāhui Ako in 2016 and as such receives funding to support selected teaching staff to inquire collaboratively into improving achievement outcomes and disseminating their findings across the cluster. 

Russell Burt, Principal, Pt England School convenes the Manaiakalani Cluster.

The Manaiakalani Programme

The Manaiakalani Programme (TMP) provides the framework for what we do as we educators and learners in a digital world.

It incorporates: 

A team of facilitators and specialists support the implementation of the Manaiakalani Programme locally in Tāmaki and around the country, through the Manaiakalani Programme Network

Dorothy Burt leads the team.

Manaiakalani Education Trust

The Manaiakalani Education Trust (MET) began in 2011 to form a governance body in support of TMP and in service of the schools.

"We are fundamentally challenging the notion in New Zealand that just because you’re living in a low socio economic community you can’t do well at school." 

Chair of Manaiakalani Pat Snedden believes living in a low socio economic community should not determine your education outcomes nor your opportunities. 

Pat Snedden, Chair, 

Manaiakalani Education Trust